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  • New Year, New You: 5 Tips To Reset You + Beest

    Start the year off on the right paw by implementing healthy habits for you & your dog! Most of us humans like to reset and welcome the New Year with new goals, healthy habits, and striving to achieve something new or different. We think that the same should go for our pup’s, so we put together some tips to help get your Beest excited and ready for the New Year too!


    1. Set A Training Plan + Goals

    One of the most rewarding experiences as a dog parent is watching your Beest learn, grow, and improve. Research fun and effective techniques or tricks to teach your dog that you have been pushing off or think might be too challenging for your dog. If you aren’t sure where to start, check out our blog posts 5 Training Goals or Training Tips to get you going.

    Training not only provides mental stimulation for your pup, but it also strengthens the bond between you both. Start with incorporating 10-15 minute training sessions into your daily routine, and focus on basics first – sit, stay, down, come command, etc. and reward with positive reinforcement. After you feel confident in the basics, move on to something a bit more challenging and repeat until they are ready for the next challenge. Consistency is key, so make it a plan to train regularly and to train in different environments, along with making sure you block out time in your day / week to work on these skills to get your pup to where you want them to be.

    It’s also important to determine your end goal and set mini goals to get you there. Whether it’s to build your dog’s confidence, work on reactivity, or learn how to open the fridge, if you don’t set a goal it will be hard to stay motivated and consistent.

    2. Refresh Your Pup’s Closet

    What can be more motivating than putting that new gear to use?! A refresh in dog gear will make you and your beest feel good and will want to get you out of the house just to put it to good use. Go through your dog’s wardrobe or gear bins and keep it up to date, checking for any items that are worn out, no longer fit properly, or are no longer suitable for your dog's needs. Hand them down to a friend or make a donation to your local shelter, and then make a list of what needs to be replaced or added. Treating your pup to high-quality dog gear will make them excited to head out anywhere that’s not home and it will also keep you accountable and keep your pup safe & secure.

    3. Implement Healthy Eating

    A healthy, balanced diet is essential for your dog's happiness and physical and mental well-being, and can contribute to their longevity. A well-rounded food plan can include plenty of protein with high-quality meat sources such as muscle tissue, fruits & vegetables, healthy fats, and supplements. Some easy steps you can take are feeding healthy treats with single ingredients, no preservatives, or fresh foods instead of processed. Try adding meal toppers and healthy supplements like fish oil or coconut oil for pup's coat, joints and immunity. Your local pet store can be a great resource for recommendations on a range of nutritious foods and treats.

    If your pup has any sensitive dietary needs, consult with your veterinarian to find the foods that work best. They can provide personalized advice and create a diet plan that takes into consideration your dog's age, breed, and specific health conditions such as allergies.

    4. Take On A New Exercise Routine

    Creating a new exercise routine for your dog is great for their physical health and mental well-being. Dogs thrive on routine and live for structured activities, whether it’s a walk around the block or trying to find treats hidden around the house, having a physical activity planned regularly can keep your dog happy and healthy.

    Take your dog’s age and breed into consideration when brainstorming activities. For example, if you want to get your senior dog who's slowed down to get moving a little, perhaps you can try swimming which is relatively low impact and helps mobilize their joints. Or if you have a working breed who needs lots of exercise but your ability to be active with them is limited, try engaging in physical + mental activities such as interactive puzzle toys, indoor fetch sessions and training exercises with them. Here are some more exercise ideas to help you get started, and get your pup in shape this year. 

    5. Explore New Places & Socialize

    Make the most out of the year by exploring new places with your dog and making some fur-friends too. Dogs are social animals and love the companionship of both humans and fellow dogs. Take them to new places and allow them to interact with others if possible, it can also be a great way to work on their reactivity / socialization if they struggle with socializing or have low confidence when interacting with other dogs. Play dates and pack walks can be some great ways to work on socializing -- just be sure to plan for your dog's needs accordingly and be in a safe and controlled environment.

    One way to plan fun adventures for your dog is by finding dog-friendly locations in your area. To name a few typical dog-friendly locations: parks, beaches, and hiking trails. Remember that new adventures are enjoyable experiences and can make the most out of the year and create lasting memories with your beloved canine companion.


    Resetting your New Year for your dog doesn't have to be difficult. By simply implementing healthy habits that you would for yourself, like a balanced diet, goals to get to their training needs, and exercising regularly, are small and easy changes that you can start at any time. Something to keep in mind as a pet parent is that your dog relies on you for their physical and mental health, so it's crucial to make the effort in keeping them around for a long time at their healthiest & happiest.

    We wish all your pet parents a Happy and Healthy New Year with your Beests!

     

    Wildebeest creates everyday essentials that help you build that special bond, share adventures big & small and make amazing memories with your Beest. We'll be right there every step of the way, with our gear & Wild4Life Warranty in tow, supporting you & Beest all throughout the lifetime of your companionship!

    Jan | 17 | 2024

    New Year, New You: 5 Tips To Reset You + Beest

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  • Preparing for the Holiday Season with your Dog

    The holiday season is a time for joy, celebration, and spending quality time with loved ones, including our furry friends. As the festivities approach, it's essential to make the right preparations to ensure a safe and enjoyable holiday season for you + Beest. Whether you’ll be spending the holidays at home / someone else’s home, leaving your beest behind, or traveling with them, here’s a guide that will help you plan and prepare.


    Celebrating At Home

    If you’re planning on spending the holidays at home or with family / friends, you may think that preparing your pup might be a bit silly, but keep in mind that dogs thrive on routine and consistency. Having something out of the ordinary from their regular routine can cause an over or under-stimulated dog, which can make them anxious and stressed.

    Here are some tips to help:

    • Make sure to create a cozy space or room for your pup to relax in during the festivities, away from the hustle and bustle and include their bed, crate, or blanket.
    • Stock up on their favorite toys and treats to keep them entertained and occupied throughout the day / night. Consider a highly engaging toy or treat such as a frozen lick mat / Kong or a buffalo horn. This will eventually tire and help stimulate their brains to keep your dog calm, anxious-free and less likely to act out.
    • Establish boundaries and educate guests on how to interact with your dog, especially if they are not used to being around pets. If you’re bringing your dog to someone’s home, discuss beforehand on what boundaries they want to implement and try to bring them over before party day to get them familiar with the new place.
    • Be mindful of the holiday decorations, such as Christmas trees and ornaments, which can pose potential hazards.
    • Know what foods your pup can and can’t have and make sure everyone knows what you're okay with feeding them or if you will allow any feeding other than treats / dog food. See our Holiday Food Safety Guide for a printable flier that’s easy to stick on the fridge or save to your phone.
    • Take your dog on a long walk before your guests start to arrive to get out any extra energy they’ll have.

    Traveling With Beest

    Traveling with your dog during the holiday season can get a bit stressful for them and yourself. Whether it’s your very first time traveling together, flying on a plane or road tripping it, doing early research on what you’ll need will prepare you for a successful journey. Here are some tips to help prepare you both for travel:

    • Make sure your beest is up-to-date on their vaccinations, flea and tick preventatives, has had a recent health check-up, and has no medical issues / concerns that may prevent them from travel.
    • Invest in a sturdy comfortable travel crate or carrier that is appropriate for your dog's size and breed, if you're flying make sure to check your airlines requirements on pet carrier size. Familiarize your pup with the crate / carrier before the trip, remember to make it a positive and comfortable space for them.
    • Pack all the necessary supplies in a bag to keep close by, if you’ll be flying with them in the cabin, make sure you have the appropriate supplies in your carry on bag. If you’re road tripping, have an easy to reach bag with just your pet’s essentials, including some food, treats or chews, a portable water bowl + water, a favorite toy, and medications they may need.
    • Bring a familiar blanket or item that smells like home to provide comfort during travel and place it in their carrier or pet bed.
    • Plan your travel itinerary with your dog's needs in mind, including regular potty breaks, exercise opportunities, and rest stops.
    • For anxious dog travelers, consider bringing CBD treats or calming chews to help ease some of their stress. Make sure to consult your vet to figure out what works best for your dog.

    More on how to prepare for your trip, head to our Traveling With Your Dog Guide.

    Away Without Beest

    If you're leaving your dog behind or not traveling with them during the holiday season, there are still steps you can take to ensure their well-being while you’re away. Keep in mind that it will probably be harder on your pup if they aren’t used to not having you around for a few days. Set them and their caretaker up for success whether you're leaving them somewhere familiar or new. With an array of options from dog boarding apps, hotels / facilities, or a recommendation from a friend or family member, it’s important to research and find the option that best suits your pup’s needs. Here are some tips to help prepare:

    • Find a trusted and reliable pet sitter or boarding facility to care for your pup while you're away. Make sure to provide detailed instructions on your dog's routine, feeding schedule, behaviors, medications or allergies, and rules to implement.
    • Leave them with familiar items, such as their bed or blanket, to provide comfort while you’re away. Also consider leaving a piece of clothing with your scent to help ease any separation anxiety they may experience.
    • Plan a trial stay a few weeks before with your sitter to see how your pet does before actually leaving.
    • Stay in communication with your sitter through video calls or messages to check on your dog’s well-being and to help keep your mind at peace.
    • Have a back-up plan in case an emergency occurs whether it be your sitter or your dog. Provide a secondary person to contact that is local and can step in while you’re away. Also provide your dog’s vet or hospital phone number and address.
    • Before leaving your dog, ensure their bag is packed with not only their daily essentials but also proper identification, vaccine documents, a list of emergency contacts, and properly functioning gear (leash, collar, harness) to help ensure their safety.

    For a more detailed guide on this topic, check out our Guide to Pet Boarding & Sitting.


    Celebrating the holidays with your dog requires careful planning and consideration but remember, the holiday season is about making new and special memories with your loved ones. Whether you plan to stay home or travel with or without your pup, taking the time to make thoughtful preparations will ensure a safe and enjoyable holiday season for both you + beest + those celebrating with you.

    For more holiday content like our Holiday Gift Guide or DIY Holiday Dog Treat Recipes, check out our Holiday Blog Series linked here !

    Happy Holidays, Beesties!

     

    Wildebeest creates everyday essentials that help you build that special bond, share adventures big & small and make amazing memories with your Beest. We'll be right there every step of the way, with our gear & Wild4Life Warranty in tow, supporting you & Beest all throughout the lifetime of your companionship!

    Nov | 13 | 2023

    Preparing for the Holiday Season with your Dog

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  • 5 Positive Habits for Beestie's Health + Happiness

    As “man’s best friends”, dogs bring us so much joy and amazing quality of life throughout our companionship. And being a dog parent comes with the great responsibility of taking care of our precious pups the best we can, as it can really help their chances of having a longer lifespan and avoid injuries or diseases. We’ve put together a quick guide with 5 positive habits for dog parents to ensure a long, healthy and happy life with our Beests.


    1. FEED THEM WELL

    Just like with humans, feeding our pups quality foods can have great benefits. Food affects your dog’s overall health, helping with their digestive system, immunity, skin and coat, mood and energy. There are good and bad foods that can either benefit pup’s health or cause damage and even disease. A high quality diet that is catered to your pup’s conditions can keep them excited for food and free from sickness as they get older. Incorporating good fats, proteins, carbohydrates, and vitamins and minerals into their daily diet will help make Beest feel healthy and extra special. Do your research, start with small but positive changes, and find what works for your pup and your resources (budget, time or skills). Check out our Healthy Snacks Guide for easy recipes and helpful info to get you started!

    2. KEEP ‘EM CLEAN

    Cleanliness can impact our pups’ wellbeing if not cared for regularly. Staying on top of their oral hygiene can help curb serious health issues while keeping their skin and coat clean can spare them from discomfort and diseases from parasites like fleas and ticks. Regularly washing pup’s food bowls and toys helps prevent bacteria growth that is harmful for pup and can spread germs around our home. For more tips, head to our 5 Dog Hygiene Tips to keep you informed and on track with your cleaning habits.

    3. EXERCISE + TRAIN

    Regular exercise and training are crucial for keeping our furry friend healthy and happy. Just like humans, dogs need physical activity to maintain a healthy weight and prevent obesity-related issues. Exercise not only helps to burn off excess energy but also stimulates the brain, keeping them mentally sharp and engaged. It doesn’t matter if you have a new puppy or a senior dog, exercise is needed at all ages. Check out our Exercise Guide and our Senior Care Guide to find more exercise tips for your dog and their lifestyle. Training is also essential for developing good behavior and keeping pups mentally active. Practicing basic commands, challenging tricks, or a stimulating puzzle / toy, not only contributes to pup’s wellbeing but also strengthens the bond between you and your canine companion. So, whether it's a brisk walk in the park, a game of fetch, or a fun training session, make sure to maintain an exercise and training routine that fits you and your pup. Head to our Dog Training Guide for some easy training tips you can start implementing.

    4. BUILD THE BOND

    Our dogs spend their entire lives with us and no dog is the same in personality. Taking the time to truly get to know them and building a strong bond improves the physical and emotional wellbeing for us and our pups. By engaging in activities such as walks in the park, exciting games of fetch,1:1 training sessions, or cuddling together in our downtime, will help you get to know them and nurture a companionship like no other. Bonding with your Beest is an amazingly unique and rewarding experience that will keep you both happy and healthy over time.

    5. NEVER STOP LEARNING

    The journey towards being a responsible dog owner and keeping our dogs healthy never ends. Dogs thrive with their humans’ loving care and attention and it’s important to never stop educating ourselves on ways to keep our pups happy. Whether it's learning about proper nutrition, new exercise routines, preventive healthcare measures, or even training techniques that are just right for your dog, there is always something new to discover. By staying informed and up-to-date with the research and expert advice, our dogs will live a happy and healthy life for years to come. Remember, knowledge is power, and when it comes to our dog's wellbeing, learning is an ongoing journey that deserves our dedication and commitment. Whether you’re a first time dog owner or have had extensive dog parenting experience, these Dog Parent Tips that no one told us about, are great to know and share with a fellow dog parent.


    Maintaining the health and happiness of our beloved Beests is a lifelong commitment. Following positive habits, such as providing a nutritious diet, practicing good hygiene, incorporating regular exercise and training, building a strong bond, and continuously learning about their needs, can guide us in providing the best life to our Beests. For more dog parenting resources, be sure to explore our Wildebeest Guides that cover everything from DIY recipes to training and bonding tips and more. Happy Dog Parenting!

     

    Wildebeest creates everyday essentials that help you build that special bond, share adventures big & small and make amazing memories with your Beest. We'll be right there every step of the way, with our gear & Wild4Life Warranty in tow, supporting you & Beest all throughout the lifetime of your companionship!

    Oct | 11 | 2023

    5 Positive Habits for Beestie's Health + Happiness

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  • Wildebeest's Guide To Dog Breeds For Every Lifestyle

    Are you a first time dog parent? Or looking to grow your family with a new furry addition soon? Just like humans, dogs have different types of temperament, energy levels, and genetic skill sets. Finding the right dog breed can benefit both you and your pup to enjoy a happy and fulfilled companionship for years to come.

    There are seven types of dog groups that are based on physical and personality traits, which are: Sporting, Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting, Working, Herding, and Terrier Groups. The AKC lists each breed per group to help discover some breeds you might not have heard of and find the perfect fit for you and your family. The sad truth is that over 6.3 million dogs and cats are surrendered to shelters every year after being homed, and a top reason for surrenders, especially for dogs, is due to adopting a breed that is too much work or not a good fit for the owner. To bring more awareness to this reality and in recognizing Responsible Dog Ownership month, we put together lists of dog breeds for a range of lifestyles as a fun, general guide to help you find the best Beest to build a lasting bond with.

    Please note that this list covers only a tiny fraction of all the wonderful dogs + personalities out there. So if you don’t see certain breeds or traits mentioned here, don’t be alarmed or disappointed. We encourage you to do your own research ahead of making the big decision, for yourself AND your dog.


    Active Lifestyle

    You are constantly on-the-go, spending time outdoors, socializing with friends, adventuring to new places and traveling a lot.

    • Labrador Retriever - Friendly, Athletic, Intelligent, Loyal
    • Poodle - Intelligent, Affectionate, Loyal, Playful
    • German Shepherd - Intelligent, Protective, Courageous, Confident
    • Jack Russell Terrier - Energetic, Athletic, Independent, Intelligent
    • Australian Shepherd - Intelligent, Loyal, Playful, Protective, Adaptive
    • Vizsla - Gentle, Energetic, Affectionate, Athletic
    • Portuguese Water Dog - Obedient, Loyal, Lively, Brave
    • Siberian Husky - Independent, Playful, Mischievous, Friendly
    • Dalmatian - Energetic, Intelligent, Loyal, High Endurance
    • English Springer Spaniel - Attentive, Alert, Cheerful, Sociable
    • Airedale Terrier - Confident, Loyal, Friendly, Energetic

    For an active lifestyle you would want a breed that is well-rounded, naturally active and alert. These are high energy dogs that would require a lot of training and daily exercise. These types of dogs were built for working and maintaining a close relationship with their human companions. Proper training at an early age and keeping a regular routine, as well as engaging in specialized / breed-specific activities such as swimming, agility training and field work, will help these breeds, and you by extension, thrive out there!

    Urban Lifestyle

    You live in a busy, fast paced urban environment, like to explore the city by foot or public transportation, and have limited living spaces inside and out, such as no backyard.

    • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel - Affectionate, Gentle, Playful, Athletic
    • Chihuahua - Charming, Smart, Sassy, Loyal
    • Dachshund - Playful, Clever, Stubborn, Fearless
    • Maltese - Gentle, Affectionate, Lively, Energetic
    • Bulldog - Friendly, Affectionate, Loyal, Courageous
    • Miniature Schnauzer - Alert, Spunky, Playful, Cheerful
    • Pembroke Welsh Corgi - Athletic, Friendly, Fearless, Independent
    • Whippet - Patient, Gentle, Tolerant, Quite
    • Chinese Crested - Graceful, Fun, Loyal, Alert
    • Shiba Inu - Alert, Confident, Loyal, Independent

    For the ultimate urbanite, the best suited breed would be smaller in size because navigating through denser areas is easier and they generally take up less space than bigger dogs. Breeds in the Toy group come in an array of sizes, colors, and most importantly… personality! These breeds are affectionate, sociable and adapt well to all types of environments. They have a moderate energy level and are full of wisdom and are eager to learn.

    But don’t let us stop you from getting a big dog! Having bigger dogs in the city can be a little more challenging but definitely manageable especially if you like to stay active and spend time outdoors where there’s room for your big dog to spread out. Small or big, socializing your city dog to different environments and desensitizing them at a young age will help train them to be the perfect sidekick to their human!

    Rural Lifestyle

    You lead a calmer, more peaceful and secluded lifestyle away from the hustle and bustle of the city. If you do farm-work, maintain land or often work with livestock or other types of animals, consider these breeds:

    • Akita - Protective, Calm, Intelligent, Loyal
    • Bernese Mountain Dog - Affectionate, Friendly, Hardy, Alert
    • Doberman Pinscher - Obedient, Brave, Versatile, Intelligent
    • Border Collie - Intelligent, Loyal, Energetic, Hardy
    • Great Pyrenees - Gentle, Affectionate, Loyal, Confident
    • Australian Cattle Dog - Energetic, Loyal, Brave, Alert
    • Old English Sheepdog - Gentle, Intelligent, Affectionate, Playful
    • Collie - Intelligent, Gentle, Loyal, Playful
    • Catahoula Leopard Dog - Affectionate, Energetic, Intelligent, Gentle
    • Rottweiler - Calm, Confident, Loyal, Fearless

    For a rural lifestyle, you may want to have a dog breed who is ready to put in the work with you and have fun at the same time. These breeds thrive as working dogs – pulling sleds, guarding flocks / herds / homes, and assisting humans with manual tasks. Known for their strength and intelligence, these dogs should be thoroughly trained and keep an active daily routine. Note that some of these breeds may not be best suited for a first time dog parent as they require dedicated and consistent training and work.

    Family Oriented Lifestyle

    Families who have different types of personalities within one household or those with children and a hectic schedule, like school or sports routines, to follow.

    • Bichon Frise - Curious, Gentl, Playful, Sociable
    • Boston Terrier - Energetic, Affectionate, Friendly, Loyal
    • French Bulldog - Friendly, Adaptable, Alert, Independent
    • Yorkshire Terrier - Feisty, Energetic, Affectionate, Playful
    • Beagle - Cheerful, Friendly, Vocal, Loyal
    • Golden Retriever - Intelligent, Friendly, Playful, Confident
    • Basset Hound - Gentle, Affectionate, Friendly, Stubborn
    • Alaskan Malamute - Gentle, Loyal, Playful, Independent
    • Bearded Collie - Athletic, Energetic, Independent, Friendly
    • Brussels Griffon - Curious, Energetic, Alert, Social

    For a family oriented lifestyle, breeds that are easy going and don’t require extensive training or activity might be the best fit. These breeds are diverse from size to personality and come from all types of backgrounds. They generally make for great household dogs that are snuggle buddies, reliable watchdogs and energetic playmates all at once.

    There are many benefits to having a family dog, especially for kids who grow up around dogs at home. Recent studies have suggested that family dog ownership has positive associations with early child development, particularly in social-emotional development (self-esteem, autonomy and empathy). Whether you have young children or older children, allergic or special needs family member, assess everyone’s individual needs first to guide you to the best dog that fits your family.

    Homebody Lifestyle

    You are more of an introvert, feel most comfortable spending time at home, working, gardening, doing house projects or binge-watching a new TV series.

    • Greyhound - Gentle, Intelligent, Friendly, Affectionate
    • Great Dane - Gentle, Affectionate, Loyal, Confident
    • Shih Tzu - Affectionate, Playful, Friendly, Lively
    • Irish Wolfhound - Calm, Patient, Affectionate, Loyal
    • Pug - Friendly, Playful, Affectionate, Stubborn
    • Saint Bernard - Gentle, Calm, Tolerant, Playful
    • Chow Chow - Independent, Intelligent, Loyal
    • Japanese Chin - Quite, Affectionate, Intelligent, Independent
    • Pomeranian - Curious, Intelligent, Energetic, Feisty

    For a solo, homebody lifestyle, you should consider a dog breed that is easy to train and manage and don’t mind a lot of down time. Also great for first time dog parents, these breeds typically love being lazy as long as they’re with their humans and don’t require constant stimulation or activity all the time. Adopting a senior dog may also be an option for you as they can be calm companions who are happy lounging around as they slow down.

    But don’t forget that dogs are domesticated animals and although these breeds would be perfectly content at home cuddling up with you most of the time, getting outside for some fresh air and new smells every now and then would go far in keeping them healthy and happy.


    Whatever your Building a bond with your dog is one of the most rewarding experiences and special privileges we as humans can have. We hope that our list can serve as a quick and insightful guide that inspires you to begin the quest for your perfect Beest. Remember, there are many factors to consider besides just breed and lifestyle alone. Personality, temperament, physical traits, etc., are all worth researching and feeling out before choosing the best furry pal for you or your family. We would encourage you to always have a meet-and-greet with your prospective new dog if there’s that opportunity, as meeting a dog in person will give you an infinitely better idea of them and your fit together. And we’re sure that with the right pup by your side, you will not only feel more natural and confident as a dog parent but also whole-heartedly love every moment of your bonding journey with Beest. Happy Searching!

     

    Wildebeest creates everyday essentials that help you build that special bond, share adventures big & small and make amazing memories with your Beest. We'll be right there every step of the way, with our gear & Wild4Life Warranty in tow, supporting you & Beest all throughout the lifetime of your companionship!

    Sep | 13 | 2023

    Wildebeest's Guide To Dog Breeds For Every Lifestyle

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  • 15 Dog Friendly Places in Seattle (2023)

    Seattle is a lively city in the Pacific North West that offers amazing dog-friendly places and off-leash parks for you & pup. If you're visiting for the first time it can be a tad overwhelming finding which parks and restaurants to see, and for locals who may want to find something fun or spontaneous to do with your beest, we put together a list of activities from brunch, to parks, to sightseeing that are must-do’s in Seattle.


    Cafes & Restaurants

    1. Ampersand Café

    Located at a waterfront, this cafe offers a dog-friendly patio and a perfect view of the Puget Sound. It has a great assortment of coffee, pastries, and food and is a great place to grab a bite after a walk on Alki Beach with your pup. Ampersand Café

    2. Watershed Pub & Kitchen

    A dog-friendly bar and restaurant that offers patio seating, this place is great for a lunch / dinner date with your pooch. They offer fresh wholesome comfort food along with specialized craft beverages (beer, cider, wine, cocktails) and offer your pup their own water bowl. Watershedl Pub & Kitchen

    3. Bark! Espresso

    This coffee house has a special patio just for the doggos but welcomes anyone even if you don’t come with your pup. Human food and drinks are deliciously made to impress and you can also spoil your pup at the dog service window for treats and a “pooch latte”. Bark! Espresso

    4. The White Swan Public House

    Located right on Lake Union, The White Swan offers delicious seafood, fresh oysters and crafted cocktails. Outdoor tables are available and the staff is dog obsessed and eager to hand your pup unlimited treats. The White Swan Public House


    Parks

    5. Westcrest Park

    This 8.4 acre park features everything for the perfect park day with your Beest. There is plenty of open space for your pup to run off-leash and also a separated little dog area accessible on the southwest side. Restrooms, dog drinking stations, play areas and picnic areas are all available at Westcrest. Westcrest Park

    6. Denny Park

    Located in Seattle’s central business district, Denny Park is the city’s oldest park with a large enclosed off-leash area for pups to safely play and socialize. Check out the vibrant farmers’ market with fresh produce and street foods every Saturday! Denny Park

    7. Schmitz Preserve Park

    Schmitz Preserve Park is a 53.1 acre park in West Seattle with walking paths and nature watching among old growth forest. It is dog & kid-friendly and easy to access, perfectly suited for day-hiking with your pup. Schmitz Preserve Park

    8. Dogwood Play Park

    This is an indoor and outdoor park & bar that allows off-leash dogs. There is a fee required upon entry or monthly memberships are also available for locals. Dogwood is great for dog socialization and has play structures like tunnels and giant tires and also a bar area for pet parents to socialize as well. Dogwood Play Park


    Social Hangouts

    9. Norm’s Eatery and Ale House

    This bar is named after a golden retriever and goes by the motto “sit and stay”. It’s a great place for beer lovers with a variety of brews and wines. This ale house also offers a dog menu for those who plan to dine with their beest. Norm’s Eatery and Ale House

    10. Chuck’s Hop Shop 

    A super dog friendly beer bar that offers outdoor patio seating and a variety of craft beers (literally about a thousand) and rotating food trucks are available after 5pm. Make sure to have your pup leashed when planning to attend. Chuck’s Hop Shop

    11. Fiddler’s Inn

    This is known as the pizza-slinging neighborhood tavern in Wedgwood and offers 11 craft beers on tap, pizza, specialty sandwiches and local live music. They have a dog-friendly patio (leashing up your pup is recommended) and are known as Seattle’s best beer garden to visit. Fiddler’s Inn

    12. Dog Yard

    Dog Yard is known as Seattle’s finest indoor / outdoor off-leash bar. This is the place to hang out with your fellow dog parent community where treats, drinks, and socialization are available for you and your dog. First time visitors are required to register and provide paperwork of vaccination records and once you’re registered you can start the paw-ty! Dog Yard


    Sightseeing

    13. Kenmore Air

    Ready to see some flightseeing with your pup? Kenmore Air offers pet-friendly tours for you and your dog. Cost depends on the size of your pup and each flight is limited to one pet per flight. Kenmore Air

    14. Seattle Water Tours Ice Cream Cruise

    This cruise is a popular and dog-friendly cruise around Lake Union. Pups need to be well-behaved and leashed. Complementary ice cream is offered as you enjoy the view of the city on this 45 minute ride on the water. Seattle Water Tours Ice Cream Cruise

    15. Seward Park

    This is a recreation attraction space that is dog friendly and is 300 acres. There is a paved waterfront trail, forested areas, a plant garden, tennis courts and lots more. Dogs must be leashed while visiting the park. Seward Park


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    Seattle native and dog mom, Adaiah loves to adventure throughout Washington with her pup Marnie. She's recommended a couple of her favorite spots in and around Seattle that are dog friendly and fun for both you and beast to view together.


    Plan your next outing in Seattle and make some fun memories with your beest. There is an endless amount of dog-friendly restaurants, cafes, and social gatherings to visit. And if you wish to get away from the city hustle-n-bustle, there are so many amazing islands and historic port towns around the Puget Sound that are just a ferry-ride or short drive away that are also worth checking out.

    Traveling to San Francisco next? Check out our guide on 25 Dog Friendly Places in San Francisco to see and stay tuned for more dog friendly city guides to come!

     

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    Aug | 11 | 2023

    15 Dog Friendly Places in Seattle (2023)

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  • 25 Dog Friendly Places in San Francisco (2023)

    San Francisco is one of the most dog friendly cities in the country. If you’re not local to the Bay Area, you might assume that you can bring your dog anywhere in San Francisco, which is not entirely true. While most places love to see your four-legged fur friends or welcome them in with a dog water bowl or tasty treats at the entrance, not all businesses / environments allow pets in their establishment, unless they are a service animal. As locals, we thought it would be helpful to put together a list of places that are guaranteed to welcome your Beest with belly rubs and treats.

    Whether you’re visiting the city, wanting to explore new spots, or training your pup for social interactions, we’ve got a place for everyone’s taste!


    Cafes & Restaurants

    1. Park Chalet

    This spacious and dog friendly restaurant is located at the end of Golden Gate Park, near Ocean beach. This spot makes for a great place for brunch or to grab a quick drink after walking your beest on the beach. Park Chalet offers indoor and outdoor seating and recommends your dog to be on leash. Park Chalet

    2. Stable Cafe

    Stable Cafe, our go-to, is in the heart of the Mission District. This is the perfect place to sit out on the patio and enjoy a cup of coffee or lunch with your pup on a sunny day. Patio seating at Stable is beautiful and covered in greenery, and they welcome any big or small four-legged fur baby. Stable Cafe

    3. Zazie

    Zazie’s is a French bistro in Cole Valley that is popular and well known for their delicious brunch plates and cocktails. They offer patio seating and insist you to bring your dog along especially on Monday’s as they host “Dog Night” and offer $10 off on a bottle of wine for the humans and unlimited treats for the pups. Zazie

    4. Novy

    Novy is located in Noe Valley and is a woman and family operating restaurant. They are Mediterranean influenced and are known for their great food and customer service, Pups are welcomed in their outdoor patio everyday of the week! Novy

    5. The Ramp

    Located in Mission Bay, The Ramp offers spacious tables, outdoor seating with a great bayfront view for you and your beest, and live music / entertainment. Great for brunch! The Ramp

    6. Wildseed

    Wildseed is a restaurant located in Cow Hollow known for their superb cocktails and seasonal vegan cuisine. They offer various outdoor seating options and are often packed, so make sure to book a reservation ahead of time so you don’t wait too long with your dog. Wildseed


    Beaches

    7. Crissy Fields

    With the Golden Gate Bridge as its backdrop, Crissy Fields is a beautiful place for a walk or to take your pup for a swim. Certain parts, such as the East Beach, are off-leash approved but can get pretty packed with tourists and other dog owners so be sure to plan accordingly. It also tends to get pretty windy so bring a jacket to stay cozy as you stroll along the shore. Crissy Fields

    8. Baker Beach

    Known to be one of San Francisco’s best beaches that’s dog friendly with a superb view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Dogs are allowed to be off-leash but not recommended to swim as the waves can get unpredictable. Baker Beach

    9. Lands End / Mile Rock Beach

    This beach is part of Land’s End trail and is not a widely popular dog beach as it’s a long walk down (0.5-1 mile) with a steep trail to the beach but is great for more adventurous Beesties. Dogs are allowed to be off leash. For an epic view of the Golden Gate Bridge make sure to hike to Land’s End Lookout Point, which is definitely worth the walk. Mile Rock Beach

    10. Ocean Beach / Great Walkway

    If you're looking for a huge beach with lots of walking room and sand to dig for you and your pup, Ocean Beach is the perfect place. Dogs are required to be on leash all year round. Also, in 2022 San Francisco voted to keep the Great Highway by the beach car-free and bike and family friendly on the weekends for the next 3 years. So be sure to experience the coastal promenade the next time you & pup are visiting Ocean Beach. Ocean Beach


    Parks

    11. Fort Funston

    A local and well-known park in the city that is filled with various trails and places to explore with your pup. During the spring season there are coyote alerts, so be mindful of keeping your dog on leash, but off leash dogs are welcome throughout the park. Fort Funston

    12. Upper Douglass Dog Play Area

    This is a recreational play area, great for all sized dogs and can be off leash.Your dog must be up-to-date on their vaccinations and non-destructive. Cleaning up after your pet is highly encouraged to maintain the park. This park is enclosed yet large enough to get a good amount of exercise, make sure to bring along a ball or frisbee. Upper Douglass Dog Play Area

    13. Alamo Square

    Alamo Square has one of the most iconic views with the infamous “Painted Ladies”. Dog mom and content creator, Dianna, and her pup Raylan love this park and is one of their go-to spots for play dates or a nice stroll. “The views are my favorite part, I’m a big fan of Full House so I love seeing the Painted Ladies!” Alamo Square

    14. Golden Gate Park

    Looking for a massive park to get lost in? Golden Gate Park has so many paths to explore and is one of the most popular parks in San Francisco. Filled with large grassy fields, trails, meadows, and picnic areas, you’ll never run out of places to explore. Golden Gate Park

    15. Glen Canyon

    This 66.6 acre recreational area includes scenic hiking trails and large open areas for you and your dog to explore together. Glen Canyon Park is one of San Francisco’s significant natural resource areas filled with important plant species. Dogs are required to be on leash. Glen Canyon


    Social Hangouts

    16. Tornado Pub

    This local pub is located in the Haight and offers an assortment of craft beers. This is a great place to hang out with friends and pups are welcome if they are on leash. Tornado Pub

    17. El Rio

    A queer neighborhood bar located in the Mission District, that offers a backyard patio along with dancing and live music, all are welcome, including your beest. It can get pretty packed on special event nights, so be sure to plan accordingly if you plan to bring your pup. El Rio

    18. Palm House SF

    A colorful hangout spot with a tropical theme perfect for meeting friends and family for happy hour. Located on Union Street, this bar welcomes pup’s with their very own lei and lots of treats. Palm House was voted to be one of the Bay’s “most dog-friendly restaurants”. Palm House SF

    19. Barebottle Brewing

    In the mode for a good craft beer? Barebottle has various amounts of craft beers and food trucks. They have 2 locations, one in Bernal Heights and the other at Salesforce Park. They are very dog friendly and offer outdoor seating! Barebottle Brewing

    20. Spark Social SF

    Located in Mission Bay, Spark Social has something for everyone. Filled with food trucks, games, and lots of outdoor seating, this is a great and dog friendly place to hangout at. There are a number of food vendors and even a dog vending machine. Spark Social SF

    21. Zeitgeist

    A long time Mission District institution, Zeitgeist is a bar and beer garden known for its huge craft beer selection (64 on tap), bloody marys and outdoor patio with picnic tables. Pups are welcome to hang with you in their back yard but remember it can get crowded especially on those warmer days! Zeitgeist


      Sightseeing

      22. Cable Car

      Take your dog on a sightseeing tour of the city on the cable car. 1 pet per car is welcome to ride during non-peak hours (5-9am and 3-7pm on weekdays). Pups must be leashed and on their parent's lap or sitting right next to them. Cable Car

      23. Bay Cruise

      A 60-minute tour of the bay on the Blue & Gold Fleet with your pup. You’ll be able to enjoy views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Pier 39 and much more. Dogs must be leashed or in a carrier and well behaved in order to board. Bay Cruise

      24. Hotel Kabuki

      Located in Japantown, this hotel is a great place and location to stay if you're planning on traveling with your dog. Bay Area local + doodle mom Melanie and pup Ruby, visited Hotel Kabuki and enjoyed their experience. “We felt safe walking at night and didn’t experience any boundaries. We were able to take Ruby almost anywhere in the hotel (not the gym or attached restaurant). It’s walking distance to a lot of dog-friendly things and close to grass…” Hotel Kabuki

      25. Coit Tower

      An iconic San Francisco landmark that is a must see if you haven’t yet. Bring your dog along for a scenic hike up to the top of the tower to get a breathtaking view of the city’s skyline view. Pup’s are recommended to be on leash and able to walk up and down a few flights of stairs. Coit Tower


      Plan your next trip to the busy city and don’t feel guilty for not being able to bring your pup along. With restaurants, trails, parks and social gatherings, there's plenty to keep yourself and Beest engaged and making new memories together. Traveling to a different city? Stay tuned for more dog friendly city guides to come!

       

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      Jul | 11 | 2023

      25 Dog Friendly Places in San Francisco (2023)

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    • How to Prepare Your Dog For 4th of July Fireworks


      For some dog parents, 4th of July or New Year’s Eve may not always feel all festive and fun. Instead the thought of sitting through these holidays with fireworks or loud noises can cause some worry and anxiety especially with our dogs around.

      According to Science Direct, about 40% of dogs have a fear of loud sounds including fireworks and thunderstorm that cause severe anxiety. Symptoms that you may notice are flattened ears, shaking / trembling, panting, vocalizing (barking, whining, howling), clinging to you, or hiding in a certain area of the house. Once the first “pop” goes off, either the sound or smell will trigger your dog’s “fight or flight” to kick in, resulting in them panicking. Training your dog as early on as possible to overcome these fears can keep your dog safe and healthier in the long run.

      Here are some tips that you can try to help work through loud noises with your dog.


      Desensitizing your dog to firework or loud noises

      • Find a safe and enclosed space to do your desensitization training. Using a leash in a bigger space can minimize the potential risk of having a dog on the loose.
      • Introduce your pup to positive thoughts like “fun” instead of fear when they hear a loud noise or “pop” and reward with a treat they find valuable
      • Try playing firework videos or thunderstorm videos on a low volume level. The volume should be loud enough for your dog to hear yet low enough to not send them in a panic and then reward them with a high value treat / toy or with praise.
      • Take it to the next step. Once they are comfortable with a low level volume, try leaving them alone and raising the volume slightly each time. Reward with positive reinforcement everytime.
      • Stay consistent, have a short training session daily, make a weekly routine to work through your dog’s fear. The best way to overcome their phobia is to keep working through it which might take weeks or months. If you and your pup currently have a training routine already, consider adding the desensitization training onto your existing routine to build consistency.
      • If your dog has severe phobia, contact a trainer or vet to find the best solution for your pup. Remember that every dog is different and some pups may need customized training or other solutions.

      Working through fireworks or loud noises the day of

      • Create a “den” like area for your dog to feel safe and comfortable during the fireworks. Ensure the windows are closed and your dog has their favorite comfort toy or blanket to make them as comfortable as possible.
      • Play white noise in the background to help soothe and relax your dog during fireworks. You can try having a fan on, air purifier, radio or dog music station, or TV noise to drown out the sounds of the fireworks going off.
      • Make sure to take your dog(s) on a long walk before the fireworks start or tire them out during the day with training, stimulating toys and puzzles, or even an early playdate with a friend.
      • Feed your dog early before the fireworks as this might help with their anxiousness and will make them feel a little more at ease with food in their stomach. 
      • Praise your dog through the fireworks. Try to do a training session, a snuffle mat, or a lick mat to help destress their anxiousness. This will help with keeping them calm and mentally stimulated which will eventually tire them out.
      • Try calming methods such as CBD treats, calming chews, hemp oil or a thunder shirt or wrap. Make sure to test these beforehand to ensure they are effective and won’t give your pup any reactions or cause them more anxiety. 
      • If you think or know your dog will have a bad reaction to the fireworks, keep them away from the firework shows and stay indoors. Don’t leave your dog alone, try to make plans to stay at home with them or call a sitter / friend to stay home with them to help keep them calm and comforted.
      • Remember to stay calm yourself. Your dog feeds off of your energy too so if you feel anxiety or panic, your dog will probably feel those senses as well.

      Prepare for being outdoors with your dog with fireworks

      According to the AKC, holidays like 4th of July, are when the highest number of dogs go missing due to fireworks. As a responsible pet parent, consider leaving your dog at home if you're unaware of how your dog will react if you’ll be taking them out and about. Be prepared for the unexpected, here are some things to keep in mind:

      • Make sure your dog has proper ID with your contact info in case they get panicked or startled and run off. If your dog is microchipped, make sure to have their chip number on hand.
      • If you use a tracker, attach the device to their collar securely and make sure it’s working and up-to-date in case you need to track their location.
      • Use a double leash or leash up your harness and collar together to keep pup secure and close even if they are suddenly spooked.
      • Make sure your dog’s gear is safely secured and fitted well so they can’t escape or squeeze out of their gear.
      • Let your group know what to do incase of a situation where your dog runs away. Have a physical photo of your pet and have a plan on where to look and what kind of hiding spots your dog likes.
      • Keep pup close and check in on them often throughout your outing to make sure they are doing okay.

      If your dog happens to run off, call your local animal control agencies to check and notify. If they are microchipped, American Kennel Club also has a AKC Reunite Program that will have live agents available 24/7 to help notify you if your dog is found. Checking or posting on your neighborhood groups on Facebook or Nextdoor is another option to consider.


      Whether you're looking for solutions on how to get through the firework holidays or wanting to overcome your dog’s phobia of loud noises completely, we’re certain that with patience, consistency, and counter-conditioning training, you and your dog will be able to do so together.

      Stay safe and Happy training, Beesties!

       

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      Jun | 20 | 2023

      How to Prepare Your Dog For 4th of July Fireworks

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    • 5 Healthy Snack Recipes For You & Beest To Share

      Is anyone else guilty of sharing some table scraps with your dog not knowing if it's good for them or not? Did you know that certain foods that are a part of our everyday diet can actually be great for the pups if given in moderation?

      Truth be told, there is a great variety of foods that can benefit your dog’s overall health or specific areas you want to target such as skin and coat, the digestive system, or hips and joints. Superfoods like berries, zucchini, and parsley are excellent sources of fiber, antioxidants, and fatty acids, which can support your dog’s immune system, joints, kidneys and more. Incorporating superfoods into a fun and easy snack for not only yourself but also your dog, will surely help make Beest feel extra special and healthy.

      We put together 5 easy and nutritious recipes for you and Beest to try together this summer, with a lot of the ingredients already being in your kitchen pantry!


      1. Parfaits

      • 1/3 cup plain, unsweetened regular fat or greek yogurt
      • 1 apple slice, finely diced
      • 1 mango slice, finely diced
      • 3 slices of bananas
      • 2 strawberries, finely diced
      • 3 blueberries
      • 3 raspberries
      • Drizzle of Honey
      • Human Only -- add granola and almonds
      • Layer together fruit and yogurt in a small bowl and top-off with honey

      This easy recipe is great for your dog's gut health as it contains greek yogurt, bananas, and honey which are all helpful probiotics to keep in good bacteria and clean out the bad bacteria.

      2. Tomato-Carrot Soup

      • 1 (15-ounce) can diced organic tomatoes
      • 3 medium carrots, peeled and coarsely chopped
      • 1 sweet potato, peeled and cut into 4 to 5 slices
      • 1/2 cup red lentils, rinsed and drained
      • 1 quart water
      • 3 medium carrots cut into 1/4 x 2-inch sticks
      • 12 grape-size tomatoes, halved
      • 10 fresh basil leaves, chopped, plus 5 whole basil leaves, cut into chiffonade for garnish
      • Pinch of Celtic sea salt
      • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
      • Humans Only – add garlic + onions to a separate bowl for more flavor 
      1. Add tomatoes, carrots, potato, lentils, and water to a large pot, bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce to simmer and cook for 25 minutes, or until lentils and sweet potatoes are soft.
      2. Purée the soup until silky smooth (immersion blender or food processor).
      3. Blanch carrot sticks in boiling water until barely soft. Shock in ice water and reserve for garnish. 
      4. Add grape tomatoes, chopped basil, and salt, stir, and cook for 3 minutes more. Stir in the olive oil.
      5. Garnish the top of the soup with the blanched carrot sticks, sprinkle a few “ribbons” of basil over the carrot sticks, and serve.

      This tasty tomato-carrot soup will not only please your pups' taste buds but also give them a boost of superfood benefits. Carrots are a great source of vitamin A that will support eye health, boost the immune system and give your dog a healthier skin and coat. Tomatoes (when given in small amounts) are great for your dog’s digestive system and have potassium and vitamin C. Lentils are another great source of minerals that can help aid in diabetes and naturally boost energy, and sweet potatoes are high in fiber which can help lower the risk of heart disease and aid with healthy poops.

      3. Charcuterie Board

      • Sliced cucumbers
      • Sliced apples
      • Sliced strawberries
      • Sliced apples
      • Handful of berries (blueberries, raspberries)
      • Thinly sliced cheddar cheese
      • Dollop of peanut butter (sugar free) or greek yogurt, for dip
      • Add all your cut fruits and vegetables to a board or tray. Place your dips on the board to your liking and serve.
      • Dog Only – add your Beests favorite treats

      Got leftover fruits and veggies in the fridge? Put them together and make a fun charcuterie board for you and your dog to share at home or at the park. Fruits and vegetables are packed with essential nutrients to keep you and your dog’s immune system happy and healthy.

      4. Chia Banana Smoothie

      • 12 oz cold filtered water
      • 1-2 handfuls of washed organic baby spinach
      • 1 sliced banana (frozen for thicker consistency)
      • 1 chopped green apple (remove core, stem, seeds)
      • ½ tsp chia seeds
      • Blend all ingredients together and serve

      This smoothie recipe is a good way to deliver a boost of energy to your pup (especially senior dogs) as chia seeds have 3 times more Omega 3 fatty acids compared to salmon, and boasts 20% protein.

      5. Popcorn Balls

      • ½ cup of peanut butter (sugar free)
      • ½ all-natural stovetop popcorn
      • 1 tsp olive oil
      • ⅓ tsp of all natural honey
      1. Pop kernels in olive oil
      2. Mix in peanut butter and honey until popcorn is coated
      3. Shape into balls and then set for for a few minutes, then serve

      Popcorn alone actually contains great minerals like magnesium, fiber, and zinc. Feeding popcorn with no extra additives like butter, salt, or oils, and given in moderation can provide important nutrients for your dog. Adding other healthy superfoods like peanut butter, to help maintain healthy muscles, eyes, and skin, and honey, that is full of anti-fungal properties to reduce allergies and inflammation, will transform your healthy snack into a superfuel filled with loads of nutrition.

      We don’t always think about preparing food to share with our dogs. But just imagine the excitement from your pup when they realize you’ve just made something not just for yourself but them as well! And the joy you would feel when you can safely share the same food you’re eating with your best friend! Our advice is to start by researching and knowing what raw ingredients are safe and toxic for your pup. Then you can come up with some of your own creative recipes around those ingredients that would be enticing for both human AND pup.

      To find more foods and their specific health benefits, The Farmer’s Dog Digest mentions a handful in their “Superfoods In Your Kitchen” article. And bookmark this guide from us and come back for easy, healthy recipes and inspiration anytime you want to bond with your Beest over shared food.

      Happy Snacking!

       

      Wildebeest creates everyday essentials that help you build that special bond, share adventures big & small and make amazing memories with your Beest. We'll be right there every step of the way, with our gear & Wild4Life Warranty in tow, supporting you & Beest all throughout the lifetime of your companionship!

      May | 12 | 2023

      5 Healthy Snack Recipes For You & Beest To Share

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